Rumor has it that Microsoft is working to lower the price for Xbox 360 with Kinect sensor, yet it is only an upfront price cut. Microsoft has been struggling along with Nintendo and Sony who both are facing losses in console sales. While the Kinect last year gave them a much needed boost, the company wants to move more units than they are now. So it is reported that they are looking into following cell phone/Internet providers models.
According to a “source” who told The Verge that Microsoft is about to announce a new package that will feature the Xbox 360 with Kinect for the low price of $99.00. The console will rock a 4GB hard drive for games and apps to be saved on it. Sounds like a good deal, right? Nope, it has a catch of a 2-year Xbox Live Gold account. The monthly fee will be $15 per month over 2 years, which will be pricey for some. In fact, some are reporting that it will be a $40 mark-up over the 2 year contract when you compare to buying the bundle and subscription separately . While Microsoft has yet to confirm or deny it, it is reported that the announcement will come out sometime next week.
I have to say, I am not crazy about the idea. Contracts are binding and annoying, plus they cost to cancel and I am not sure if the hassle would be worth it. While it would make a heck of a holiday gift, they should wait to release it until the holiday season is around the corner. Rest of the year it would likely not do well. I doubt even the hardest gamers would buy into it. I personally would rather save the money and buy them separately than save the upfront cost.
For those who are interested in the bundle, it would be sold at Microsoft stores. No word on if they will be sold at other retailers yet or not.
Tell me, do you plan on buying the bundle? If so, why? Same goes for those who are planning to not to buy it. As I stated before, I don’t feel the low price upfront saves you anything. If within 2 years you pay the full price and then an additional $40, it does not count as a deal. The only reason I can see anyone being willing to pay that much in the future is for a gift. Even then, if you did buy all 3 items separately you would still save $40. I am not sure why Microsoft thinks this would make a good deal.